12 Pennsylvania Breweries Collaborate on Buckeye Tears

12 Pennsylvania Breweries Collaborate on Buckeye Tears

12 Pennsylvania Breweries Collaborate on Buckeye Tears

Twelve different breweries from Pennsylvania are collaborating on a beer together – called “Buckeye Tears” – to be released ahead of the Ohio State vs. Penn State showdown on October 21st, 2023.

Here are the 12 breweries that will serve “Buckeye Tears”:

  • Acrospire Brewing — Glenshaw
  • Antifragile Brewing — State College
  • Blondes and Brewnettes — West Grove
  • Cellar Works — Sarver
  • Grist House — Pittsburgh
  • Hidden Stories Brewing — Millerstown
  • Locust Lane Craft Brewery — Malvern
  • Mechanistic Brewing — Clarion
  • Michaux Brewing — Waynesboro
  • Moo-Duck Brewing — Elizabethtown
  • Rough Edges Brewing — Waynesboro
  • ShuBrew — Zelienople

PSU Alumni

All twelve breweries are owned, or have a head brewer, or are represented in their business by a PSU (Penn State University) alumni. There are several more across the state, but these are the twelve that worked on the beer.

Buckeye Tears

Buckeye Tears is a 4.09%* ABV Cold IPA and will feature a cartoon of a crying Brutus Buckeye mascot. (If the legal department doesn’t hit them with a cease and decease.) The 409 obviously in reference to Joe Paterno’s “win” record (which has since been altered, vacated, and / or adjusted by the NCAA due to the fall out of the Sandusky Scandal).

The beer has been picked up with lots of mainstream news from the east coast sources, as well as national news sources such as Sports Illustrated.

The following is some clips from different website news sources:

While Pennsylvania residents will be able to drink a beverage named Buckeye Tears, it’s been awhile since the Nittany Lions themselves have tasted any. Ohio State hasn’t lost to Penn State since 2016 and has won 10 of its last 11 matchups against the Nittany Lions.

Penn State hasn’t beaten OSU in Columbus, where this year’s game will be played, in more than a decade. 2011 was the last time the Nittany Lions earned a road win in Columbus.

Twelve Pennsylvania Breweries Owned by Penn State Grads Selling a Beer Named “Buckeye Tears” Ahead of Ohio State vs. Penn State Game – Eleven Warriors

The 4.09% alcohol IPA will feature a cartoon of a crying Brutus Buckeye mascot.

In the press release, Breweries in PA said, “Obviously no harm is meant, we just think ‘Buckeye Tears’ is the perfect name for a beer that will honor Penn State heading to the National Championship in 2023! No one in Ohio wants to see that.”

Pennsylvania Breweries Troll Ohio State With ‘Buckeye Tears’ Beer – Sports Illustrated

State College brewery Antifragile Brewing is a part of the alumni creation team, along with Acrospire Brewing, Blondes and Brewnettes, Cellar Works, Grist House, Hidden Stories Brewing, Locust Lane Craft Brewery, Mechanist Brewing, Michaux Brewing, Moo-Duck Brewing, Rough Edges Brewing, and ShuBrew.

Twelve Penn State Alumni-Owned Breweries To Launch ‘Buckeye Tears’ Beer – Onward State

So if Ohio State mops the floor with Penn State on Oct. 21 in Columbus, the Nittany Lion faithful can blame that line in the release.

It’s not known if the “tears” are supposed to be in reference to Ohio State losing to Michigan for a second consecutive time last season, their last-second loss to Georgia in the College Football Playoff or head coach Ryan Day’s toughness rant directed at Lou Holtz last week.

Despite the bold troll, Ohio State has the upper hand in the series, with an all-time 23-14 record against Penn State to hold over the Nittany Lions’ heads. Last season, the Buckeyes ran away with the lead against Penn State in the fourth quarter, going on to win 44-31. Penn State hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2016 and hasn’t won at The Shoe since 2011.

Penn State alumni-owned breweries troll Ohio State with ‘Buckeye Tears’ drink – Fox Sports

Penn State fans loved it while Buckeyes fans pointed out that they could be in trouble with Ohio State’s licensing department:

“Okay I was going to say maybe we shouldn’t be calling it buckeye tears because they routinely beat us but I think every single one of their fans that have ever existed has commented on this so maybe it’s true,” one Nittany Lions fan replied.

“Have you heard of Ohio State’s Trademark and Licensing Services? You will,” a Buckeyes fan warned with a laughing emoji.

“Penn State is 5-18 against Ohio State this century lmao,” a third said.

It’ll be pretty hard for Penn State fans to enjoy that beer if they get trounced by Ohio State. But if they get the win, it’ll be a whole lot sweeter.

Penn State Alumni Brewery Releasing ‘Buckeye Tears’ Beer – The Spun

Rivalry? What is Ohio State vs. Penn State’s Win-Loss Record?

Ohio State vs. Penn State Win – Loss Record

Ohio State has won six straight against Penn State.

The Buckeyes’ win streak against Penn State started in 2017 with a 39-38 win in Columbus.

Ohio State’s last loss to Penn State came in a 24-21 loss to the Nittany Lions in State College during the 2016 season.

Ohio State has not lost a game against Penn State in Columbus since 2011.

PSU fans release ‘Buckeye Tears’ beer ahead of Ohio State vs. Penn State game – The Columbus Dispatch

In an annual rivalry that always brings intensity to the field, there is now an added element off the field that likely will be a fan favorite for Penn State alums heading into their Week 8 contest against Ohio State.

Pennsylvania Breweries Troll Ohio State With ‘Buckeye Tears’ Beer – WATE State

Despite the bold troll, Ohio State has the upper hand in the series, with an all-time 23-14 record against Penn State to hold over the Nittany Lions’ heads. Last season, the Buckeyes ran away with the lead against Penn State in the fourth quarter, going on to win 44-31. Penn State hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2016 and hasn’t won at The Shoe since 2011.

Both teams have been firing on all cylinders offensively this season, as they each enter Week 5 top three in the Big Ten in total yards and points per game; Penn State is averaging 449.8 total yards (second in Big Ten) and 40.5 points (first), while Ohio State is averaging 447.5 total yards (third) and 34.5 points (third) per game.

Both teams are also finding success with first-year quarterbacks. Drew Allar (Penn State) has thrown for 903 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions, while completing 67.2% of his passes; Kyle McCord (Ohio State) has thrown for 1,055 yards and six touchdowns, while helping lead Ohio State on a game-winning touchdown drive in the final seconds on the road against then-No. 9 Notre Dame last week.

Penn State alumni-owned breweries troll Ohio State with ‘Buckeye Tears’ drink – Fox Sports
Penn State vs. Ohio State Win – Loss Record

Barstool Sports took exception to the selling of the beer in the first place, with biting commentary:

I mean I understand that involving Ohio State in ANYTHING will drive interactions, clicks, viewers, purchases, etc etc etc etc, but at the end of the day, you can’t straight up lie to people. You can’t stick Brutus the Buckeye on the can of your beer, absolutely sobbing, insinuating that you have beaten us more than once in the last decade. Then again, I guess it’s possible that these “Buckeye Tears” are tears of joy….? That would make more sense. Because excluding the most narrow and ridiculous 24-21 victory (at Penn State, night game, 107000 people, in which they outscored us 17-0 in the 4th culminating in a blocked FG return) back in 2016, I literally cannot remember a world where Ohio State wasn’t curb-stomping this mediocre program.

Not Sure How Penn State Breweries Can Legally Sell “Buckeye Tears” Beer When Ohio State Has Won 10 Of The Last 11 Meetings – Barstool Sports

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

As you can see, there’s no such thing as “bad publicity” for marketing purposes. Though, to be honest, I question this from the breweries perspectives. I understand the collective group that is helping them get this made, but the individual breweries, I don’t fully get. Maybe they are getting a little bit of national, or regional exposure from this momentarily, but most of the news sources are just covering the trolling done by BiPA.

All of the press release junkets and news sites pretty much read the same. (Links to numerous news sites at the end of this article.) Nearly word for word identical in each article, and only one article directly mentioned the name of the breweries involved. But, all of the articles mentioned that its trolling, and instigating, and quoted BiPA.

I don’t think there will be any harm that will come to the breweries involved, but I don’t think they’ll get the attention that is due them for their work on this beer. People will go out and buy the beer from them, no doubt, and it’ll sell out – guarantee it – but that’ll be the end of it on their level. However, this did get the BiPA group and page some national exposure, some notoriety, and for websites, trolling isn’t viewed as a negative, and with tons of backlinks, now they’ll continue to garner more and more clicks and views. For them, this was all brilliant. They’ve already cultivated a bit of a trolling nature and profile in some ways, so this just further adds to it. What this does for the breweries is just provide them a guaranteed sell out beer. Hopefully the attention is longer and more long – lasting than I imagine here, but I am not so sure. Time will tell.

Time will also tell if this beer will “age well” come October 21st, when they play against Ohio State.

News Sources

Involved Breweries

Brewery City Availability
Acrospire Brewing Glenshaw Cans Only
Antifragile Brewing State College Cans & Draft
Blondes and Brewnettes West Grove Cans & Draft
Cellar Works Sarver Cans Only
Grist House Pittsburgh Draft Only
Hidden Stories Brewing Millerstown Cans & Draft
Locust Lane Craft Brewery Malvern Cans Only
Mechanistic Brewing Clarion Cans & Draft
Moo – Duck Brewery Elizbethtown Cans & Draft
Michaux Brewing Waynesboro Cans & Draft
Rough Edges Brewing Waynesboro Cans Only
ShuBrew Zelienople Cans & Draft

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